Lonzo Ball Breaks Down Viral Video of Zion Williamson Practice Alley-Oop

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIOctober 3, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 09: NBA players, Zion Williamson (front) and Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans walk on the field before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans at Mercedes Benz Superdome on September 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson are making the most of their first New Orleans Pelicans training camp.

On Wednesday, Ball lobbed an inbounds pass off the backboard, which Williamson finished with a two-handed dunk:

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Lonzo to Zion - off the backboard! 💪 #WontBowDown https://t.co/pheZfRJ1Vt

"That wasn't the best pass, but you saw what [Williamson] did with it," Ball said afterward, per ESPN's Andrew Lopez. "It's really hard to throw him a bad lob."

To Ball's point, the 2019 No. 1 overall pick has already become synonymous with jaw-dropping dunks. If anything, Wednesday's slam was on the modest side of what he's capable of doing. 

"I've seen highlights," Brandon Ingram, who came to the Pelicans with Ball and Josh Hart in June as part of the Los Angeles Lakers' package for Anthony Davis, added. "I've seen pretty much everything from him, so I don't think anything more is gonna amaze me unless he just puts it between his legs twice or something."

Ball had an impressive day of camp outside of his lob to Williamson. The 21-year-old point guard sunk nine three-pointers in a row, which is encouraging after his 2018-19 campaign ended prematurely in L.A. because of an ankle sprain he suffered on Jan. 19:

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9 in a row for @ZO2_. #WBD https://t.co/tf3DakQ9B6

Before New Orleans opened training camp Tuesday, Williamson was at the center of a separate viral moment at Monday's media day:

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JJ to Zion: Don’t 🤐 this up for me Zion: Yea. He did say that. 😂 https://t.co/YSMioZ8VaI

Based on everything Williamson has displayed so far, it would seem that the 6'7", 285-pound phenomenon will only help the Pelicans' postseason odds. 

The Zion era will officially begin in New Orleans when the Pelicans travel to take on the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Oct. 22 in the regular-season opener.